1Peter 3 “In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands, even those who refuse to accept the Good News. Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior. Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. If you don’t treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard.
“I want to start by saying this word is not “EXCLUSIVE” for married folk; however, is designed(Thru Christ) to minister to those who have not made that commitment(Marriage) as well. As I read 1 Peter it reminded me of how EASY it can be for me to REMOVE MYSELF from people whose “FRUIT” show them to be not ENCOURAGING to my “DAILY” walk with Christ; However, what happens when that individual is the person that you made a COMMITMENT to GOD(Yes, when you marry you make a commitment to your spouse BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY to GOD) “TILL DEATH DO US PART”……YEEEEEEEEEEES THIS IS A TOUGH ONE & I’M GOING IN!!!! I’m a FIRM believer that the bible is “PREPARING” us ” TILL DEATH DO US PART” and it’s no different in 1st Peter. His words are “MAKING US VERY AWARE” that there will be suffering in marriage, especially for those Christians who choose to live godly lives.
I’ll use my marriage as an example because God called my life to change first and in my CONSTANT TRANSFORMATION(Thru Christ) my husband was drawn to give his life to Christ. Now, don’t get me wrong my husband hasn’t “ARRIVED”; however, I can testify that God has bought him a MIGHTY MIGHTY….did I say MIGHTY?!?!? LONG WAY from the person he used to be. So, I say that to say though we’re not COMPLETELY on the same page with our walk I will CONTINUE to GO HARD for Christ in an attempt to continue to be an EXAMPLE for my husband because God has placed on my heart thru the Holy Spirit that MY WALK WITH HIM WILL PLAY A VERY IMPORTANT PART IN WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO IN MY MARRIAGE. As TRUE believers we must be ready and willing to live in a way that dramatically differs from what WE WANT to glorify God and His word. Luke 21:19 “By standing firm you will gain life.” Now, when I speak of “DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT” I’m NOT saying that if you have a spouse that is “UNSAVED” (the WORD says you KNOW a”TREE” by the “FRUIT” it bears so people are VERY AWARE if their SPOUSE/PERSON THEIR “COURTING” is unsaved) that you should be COMPROMISING YOUR WALK to PLEASE your spouse ex. drinking alcohol(GETTING DRUNK), clubbing, doing things that are SIMPLY NOT PLEASING in the sight of God.
Romans 12:2 reminds us of this “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” I have experienced people(Married/Single) that will compromise an awesome PERSONAL relationship they have built with Christ to please the opposite sex which whom their in a marriage/relationship with in an attempt of saving their marriage/relationship. It breaks my heart because they LOSE SO MUCH to GAIN SO LITTLE and end up right back at the Father’s feet begging for forgiveness for leaving Him once the “TEMPORARY GAIN IS LOST” because ONLY God can change man or WOMAN. Once the mind/SPIRIT is set that the unsaved spouse/person being courted is rejecting the gospel and YOU CAN’T FIX IT by DOING THE SAME THING and in those relationships, the conduct of the saved spouse/person courting should be such that the unsaved is saved not by that persons speech; However, by their silence thru prayer/Christ-Like DAILY WALK. Once the saved spouse/person courting is TRULY displaying God’s light, though they may receive comments like “Oh, so I guess your HOLIER than THOU” or “Side comments MOCKING or DOWN TALKING their christian walk”. Luke 22:63-65 “Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, ‘Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?’ And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.” Matthew 27:29-31 “And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ Then they spat on Him, and took the rod and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”
Jesus ENDURED ALL THAT & THEN SOME so that WE will be saved because He was SOOOOO DETERMINED to do what He was sent to do for US, He ACCEPTED A LOT of MOCKING/DISRESPECTFUL talk so that OUR sins would be WIPED CLEAN. Therefore, if we have to take a few words to DISPLAY Christ by responding in LOVE thru PRAYER/SILENCE then SO BE IT and I don’t think people TRULY UNDERSTAND how “BIG” those actions are to an UNSAVED SPOUSE and how much of an IMPACT that LOVE/SILENCE WILL HAVE on God’s END RESULT because the SAVED spouse REMAINED FAITHFULLY in HIS WILL. Today, I want to ENCOURAGE the married to “LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE/REMAIN FAITHFUL” thru Christ and HANG IN THERE because the “REWARD” that Christ WILL provide is going to “BLOW YOUR MIND”. Also ENCOURAGING those who are “COURTING” to “STAND FIRM” for Christ and He will “STAND FIRM” in REWARDING YOU with your “TILL DEATH DO US PART(Your Husband/Wife).
1st Corinthians 7:12-14 “To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband.” ……..ENOUGH SAID in Jesus Name!!!!!
Be Faithful 2 Christ
Be An Example of Christ
Be Not Conformed